St Ives – a thriving artistic community

Wonderful, sandy beaches, narrow cobbled streets and a delightful harbour area This magical little corner of Cornwall offers wonderful, sandy beaches and a delightful harbour area.  You can lose yourself in the maze of narrow cobbled streets with flower-filled courtyards and alleyways bursting … [Read more...]

Marazion and St Michael’s Mount

See St Michael's Mount at Marazion, Believed to be Britain's Oldest Town: Tucked away in the very far corner of South West Cornwall is the charming little town of Marazion with only 1,500 inhabitants. This ancient market town is believed to be Britain’s oldest chartered town. Aside from being … [Read more...]

Isles of Scilly, Teignmouth, Shaldon

Other Towns & Villages of Interest In Cornwall & Devon Isles of Scilly (Cornwall) About 28 miles west of Lands End (Cornwall) are the mysterious and little known islands called the Isles of Scilly. As you might expect, the isles have a very mild climate and are populated with … [Read more...]

Penzance, without the pirates

No pirates in Penzance these days, but a mild climate and funky atmosphere! In South West Cornwall is the town of Penzance.  A short distance beyond the harbour fishing boats shelter in the inner dock and you'll see the occasional visiting tall-masted sailing ship against the granite quays. But … [Read more...]

Tour Route of London | London Walking Tour

London's premier walking trail: London is a great city for sightseeing on foot - if the weather is fine that is!  There are many tourist attractions within close proximity of each other and many visitors would have pounded the pavements to Buckingham Palace and Westminster, strolled around … [Read more...]

Tour Routes in France

Tour Routes in France Virtually all multi-country Europe tours pass through or originate in Paris, but few see much more of France. It is possible to do a pretty extensive tour of France but even so some fairly important areas will be missing or only covered briefly. Regional tours are popular … [Read more...]

Travel to France

Travel to France for a Europe Tour with Joie de Vivre! There's a lot more to France than Paris and Provence. Travel to France involves a journey into the whole French way of looking at the world, and life. Not for nothing do we use the french words "savoir-faire" and "joie de vivre"! France … [Read more...]

Tour de France 2009 | Le Tour de France

A tour of France with a difference: The 96th Tour de France is just a month away, starting from Saturday July 4th to Sunday July 26th 2009. It's amazing how many people who do not cycle at all have become fans of this great and gruelling race, yours truly included. The tactical aspect of the … [Read more...]

Murano and Burano – Venice’s famous islands

Venice lagoon's popular islands: If you only have a short time in Venice and want to explore the islands of its lagoon, the most popular ones are Murano, Burano and Torcello. These three can be covered in the one outing and can be reached by the public vaporetti. The vaporetto ride on Venice's … [Read more...]

Tour Routes in Italy

Suggested Tour Routes to make the best of your holiday in Italy A Suggested Route around Italy A comprehensive tour of Italy would take a long time, and if limited to the usually visited sights would omit many interesting experiences. However, here is my offering, and I'd say this was a 24 day … [Read more...]